When I told my daughters I had been laid off from the Miami Herald, they were shocked.
“But you’re famous!” exclaimed 9-year-old Lyla.
I wasn’t really that famous. But Lyla and her 6-year-old sister, Lacey, thought I was because they spotted my 1A-article about President Barack Obama’s speech in Miami in November 2016 through the window of the Newseum, a Washington, D.C., museum dedicated to, well, the news.
Working as a reporter for the Herald and a fact-checker for PolitiFact during the election was the most rewarding professional experience of my career. As a single mother, it was sometimes tricky to pull off. My work included sending and responding to a stream of emails during family dinner and late nights fact-checking debates, only for the girls to leap into bed with me at 6 a.m.
But there were upsides to my daughters seeing me work as a reporter: They had a window to the role the media plays in educating voters.
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